Edo State Governor, His Excellence Godwin Obaseki has promised University of Benin community that the State Government will construct a pedestrian overhead bridge at the main gate of the University.
The Governor gave the assurance during the 42nd convocation ceremony of the University.
Governor Obaseki said, “We are very concerned about the spate of accident involving the students of this university as they cross from this campus, and the Edo State Government has decided to build a pedestrian overhead bridge to ensure the safety of the students who are crossing the road.”
Speaking further, Obaseki urged everyone to return to old values, “I urge all of us to return to that which made us great in the past so that we can shape ourselves and our future”.
“With respect to my government, I admit that our role is fundamental in the overall success of the Nigerian people.We will deal with all internal matters hampering proper focus on our universities. We will align our output from our tertiary institutions to our overall economic objectives.
Our strategy in the coming days will be, first, to optimize the capacity of our state institutions. Secondly, we will intensively promote educational and technical training to provide our teeming youths with skills which they will put to use immediately without necessarily obtaining tertiary education.”
The Governor sued for peaceful relationship between the state government and the University of Benin community.
He said, “I want to implore the staff and the authority of the University of Benin that we should forget the past. I am asking you to seek a new series of cooperation with the government of Edo State. I assure you of access, and I am open to dialogue. I want to thank you for your time, and I wish you God’s blessings.”
This lofty step, if implemented, will stem the hazard hitherto faced by students and members of the university community when crossing the highway.
Recall that several students have lost their lives in the course of crossing the ever-busy Benin – Lagos express way.